September 18, 2014 · 23 Elul

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Activities for Individuals and Families

Activity suggestions for individuals and families to help you take action during the Yamim Noraim:

  • Re-frame Tzom Gedalia (the Fast of Gedalia). This minor fast day takes place on the 3rd of Tishri between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. Dedicate this personal day of fasting (from sunrise to sundown) to the millions of people around the world who face hunger and starvation on a daily basis. End your fast day by volunteering at a local food pantry, soup kitchen, Meals on Wheels or any organization that works to combat the challenges of hunger.

  • There is a tradition to study texts leading up to the Yamim Noraim during the month of Elul as a way of preparing for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. Choose texts that specifically deal with issues of hunger for reflections and motivation to action during this month.

    High Holy Day Hunger Text Study

  • Make The Hunger Site your computer’s home page. The Hunger Site is a free "click to give" site in which staple food is provided by site sponsors and distributed to those in need by Mercy Corps and America's Second Harvest.

  • Donate to MAZON or other hunger awareness and advocacy organizations the amount of money you would have spent to feed yourself and your family on Yom Kippur and/or the Fast of Gedalia.

  • On Facebook, connect to the pages of The Hunger Site and MAZON by pressing “Like” and add them to “My Page’s Favorites”. Suggest to your friends to do the same! You can also join The Hunger Site and MAZON as a “Cause” and donate money through Facebook.

  • Volunteer at a local food pantry or homeless shelter as a family.

  • Join local Meals on Wheels program to deliver hot meals to homebound individuals.

  • Coordinate a High Holiday food drive.

  • Explore your own eating habits – pay attention to how much food goes to waste in your household. Visit URJ's Food Initiative to learn more.

  • Try the Food Stamp Challenge: do you go to bed hungry if you only have $4.50 to spend on food and drink all day?

  • After learning about the issues, contact your local, state and national elected officials to ask them to take appropriate actions. Sample letters and action alerts are available on the RAC Website.



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